Border patrol arrests four illegal immigrants at Bad Axe restaurant

Suspects currently in ICE custody awaiting removal from U.S.

By Bradley Massman Assistant Editor
Published 2:21 pm EDT, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Photo: Courtesy Of U.S. Customs And Border Protection

BAD AXE — Four illegal immigrants were arrested at a Bad Axe restaurant recently, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed Tuesday. The individuals are awaiting removal from the U.S.

On Friday, U.S. border patrol agents were in the Bad Axe area working off of a tip of illegal activity, Kris Grogan, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman, told the Tribune.

"The arrests took place after a consensual encounter on the street resulted in one subject immediately being taken into custody while another subject fled on foot into a nearby restaurant to evade arrest," Krogan stated in an email. "After witnessing the subject flee into the nearby business, agents watched the establishment to ensure that no one left and contacted local authorities to assist."

Shortly after 11 a.m., the manager of Peppers in Bad Axe arrived on scene and consented to allowing agents and local law enforcement officers to search the business.

A search of the restaurant resulted in the apprehension of the subject wanted for fleeing along with two additional illegal immigrants who were trying to conceal themselves in the restaurant.

"All four subjects were placed under arrest by border patrol agents and transported to the Marysville border patrol station for processing," Krogan stated.

During processing, it was discovered that all four subjects — three Mexican and one Guatemalan — have been arrested for numerous illegal entries into the United States, and they all have been previously removed from the U.S.

The four subjects have been transferred into the custody of ICE/Enforcement and Removal Operations for removal proceedings.

As of Tuesday, a sign is posted Peppers' front entrance door stating, "Closed until further notice."